Thursday, April 4, 2013

Snacks Galore

Today we celebrate my aunt (who happens to be my Godmother) and Mom's birthdays  (no they are not twins, unless twins can be 12 years apart).  Whenever there is a party there is always snacks.  Here are a few favorites.

Thin Mints (without the hassle of supporting Girl Scouts)
adapted from:

18 Ritz crackers
1 cup chocolate chips
1 T shortening
1/2 - 3/4 t peppermint extract

Line a cookie sheet with waxed or parchment paper.  In a microwave safe bowl melt together chocolate chips and shortening.  (do this in short increments-you don't want to scorch the chocolate-just until it is smooth when stirred)  Stir in extract (to the taste you like).  Dip cracker in melted chocolate.  Place on paper-lined cookie sheet. Repeat with all crackers. Store in the fridge.

Healthy Flavored Corn Chips
adapted from:

8-6inch corn tortillas (cut in to 6 triangles or strips)
cooking spray
2 T Parmesan cheese
2 t garlic powder
1 T ground flaxseed
1 t onion powder
1 t chili powder

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray all sides of corn tortilla pieces with cooking spray.  In a bag combine cheese, garlic, flaxseed, onion, chili and paprika.  Place tortilla pieces (1/3 at a time) in bag.  Seal. Shake around so all sides are coated. Repeat.  Place on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake 10 minutes. Rotate and bake an addition 7minutes.  Chips will get crispy.  Cool.  Enjoy as if you would store-bought chips.

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